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In some ways, it doesn’t seem like all that long ago when Malachy Bishop was working toward his doctorate in rehabilitation psychology at UW-Madison in the late 1990s, when his advisor was Professor Norm Berven. This past fall, Bishop joined the School of Education's Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education as a faculty member. As part of his offer to return to the university, Bishop was awarded a prestigious named professorship — the Norman L. and Barbara M. Berven Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology.
When Lexy Richardson, an undergraduate student majoring in rehabilitation psychology, arrived at UW-Madison in 2014, she had made her peace with stepping off the court. In a turn of events, Richardson was called back on the court during her sophomore season when then-coach Bobbie Kelsey added her to the roster as a walk-on, after a string of injuries on the team.
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine published twice a year for alumni and friends of the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The ​Fall 2018 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. The theme for this latest issue is impact. By tapping into its talents and expertise, the School is involved in a range of initiatives across the arts, health and education that are designed to positively impact our community — and our world.
UW-Madison’s Kimber Wilkerson and Melinda Leko were awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership Grant to fund 40 graduate students who will work with students with disabilities in high-need and small, rural school districts across Wisconsin. “Special educators are sorely needed across Wisconsin — with the need particularly acute in small, rural districts and in schools that serve a high number of families and children who are economically disadvantaged,” says Wilkerson.
Martha Mock, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, was presented the Leadership in Inclusive Higher Education Award on Oct. 10 at the 2018 State of the Art (SOTA) Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Syracuse, N.Y. The award recognizes an administrator, program director, or staff member with a higher education institution who epitomizes leadership in the postsecondary field. Mock earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education in 2004, and today is a clinical professor at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.
The Discussion Project is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 cohort. This initiative is a professional development program for UW-Madison faculty and teaching staff, and is designed to help participants: Learn to create inclusive classroom climates; develop discussion strategies for both small and large groups; improve facilitation skills; contemplate discussion evaluation and assessment; consider ethical issues related to classroom discussion; and learn about ways to assess discussion.
UW-Madison’s Andrea Ruppar and Bonnie Doren were recently awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation to examine ways to help rural school districts better support special education teachers. Ruppar and Doren are faculty members with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Their funding is being provided via the Spencer Foundation’s small research grants program​.
UW-Madison’s Susan Miller Smedema was recently awarded a pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a project that examines ways to help people with the disease bolster their quality of life. Smedema is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and is the director of the rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program. Her research project will investigate if individuals with MS who have specific strengths of character -- such as creativity, perseverance, gratitude or hope -- may be protected against negative effects of MS.
With the start of the 2018-19 academic year just over the horizon, UW-Madison's School of Education is preparing to welcome a highly regarded cohort of new faculty hires to campus. Fourteen faculty members are set to join the School of Education’s roster during the fall semester, which is one of the largest such groups to sign on with the School since its founding in 1930. “The many talented faculty members we bring to campus to work in fields as varied as the arts, health and education are among the great strengths of our School of Education,” says Dean Diana Hess.
Christina Klawitter was recently named the School of Education’s next associate dean for student academic affairs, a position she is starting on Sept. 24. Klawitter, who is an alumna of the School of Education and previously worked at UW-Madison for more than a decade, returns to campus after serving as the dean of students at Beloit College since 2011.
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